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The Cost of Fatal Crashes in South Carolina

A deadly traffic wreck can be tragic and costly to victims’ families. In the big picture, however, fatal traffic accidents may have far greater impacts, as the costs of recovery and lost productivity skyrocket when adding them up for a given state over the course of a year.

In fact, that is just what officials at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) did in an effort to pinpoint just how much deadly traffic collisions cost the U.S. – per state – every year. And while they found that the national total cost of deadly crashes is about $44 billion, for South Carolina alone, the cost of these wrecks is roughly $1.05 billion annually.

A Closer Look at the Costs

According to the latest information from the CDC, the $1.05 billion total associated with deadly traffic crashes primarily comes from the costs associated with lost work/productivity, the total of which reportedly costs South Carolina about $1.04 billion each year. When adding the medical costs of roughly $10 million, the $1.055 billion total is reached.

Breaking down these numbers further, the CDC has estimated the specific costs by accident type as follows:

  • Fatal motor vehicle crashes cost South Carolina about $122 million each year, making up approximately 12 percent of the total costs.
  • Deadly motorcycle crashes cost the state about $171 million annually, comprising roughly 16 percent of the total costs.
  • Fatal pedestrian accidents cost South Carolina about $137 million each year, making up approximately 13 percent of the total costs.
  • Deadly bicycle accidents cost the state about $19 million annually, comprising roughly 2 percent of the total costs.

It’s important to point out that about 57 percent of the fatal traffic crashes (costing roughly $605 million) were not specified by type (so the above totals do not add up to 100 percent or $1.05 billion).

Fighting Back to Prevent Deadly Traffic Crashes

While the data related to the costs of fatal traffic collisions in South Carolina is grim, there may be a silver lining for motorists in that many of these crashes are preventable.

In fact, as the CDC points out, some of the things that South Carolina authorities can do to minimize the risk of fatal crashes for its motorists include (but may not be limited to):

  • Requiring all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices (to limit the possibility that they will drive drunk again)
  • Instituting mandatory use of car seats or booster seats for children through the age of 8
  • Developing an effective graduated driver’s license program in order to enhance safety among newly licensed teen motorists.

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Contact the Columbia SC Injury Attorneys at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

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